Sailing yachts

Converted Tug Boat

(REF: 21728)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: 't huis de Merwede, Holland
  • Year: 1915
  • Location: Holland
  • Length on deck: 49'
  • Beam: 11'
  • Draft: 4'6"

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Converted Tug Boat

Built in Papendrecht, Holland in 1915 as a steam tug.  Converted some years ago and refurbished by the current professional shipwright owner for use on the European canals.  She has been an excellent cruising home for the couple who own her, providing comfortable accommodation on a very sturdy and capable vessel.

Her history has been well documented, built for a shipping company of the same name, Risico, she was one of 4 identical tugs towing oil barges around the canals and rivers of Holland.  She worked as a tug boat until 1974 in Dutch waters although her original steam engine was replaced with diesel in the late 1940’s when she changed hands.  She continued to work pulling general cargo barges until 1974 when she had her first light conversion and spent 10 years as a charter fishing vessel.  After this she went into private ownership and has been a cherished and well maintained private yacht ever since.

Her lay out is largely as it would have been in her working days although the interior fit out and joinery has been designed for comfortable live aboard cruising.

Perfect boat for the canals with her shallow draft but equally capable of coastal cruising.

Length on Deck               52’

Beam                                 11’1”

Draft                                  4’6”



Riveted steel hull with iron frames.  Hull finished in black tar in the traditional way.

Steel decks.

Steel bulwark all round with a hand railing

Steel coachroof with a varnished teak wheelhouse.



Scania Vabis DSI 10 200hp 6cyl diesel installed in 1971

Hydraulic 3.3:1 gearbox to a centreline 4 blade fixed bronze propeller gives 8 knots cruising speed at 10 litres/hour.  Comfortable low speed for canal work.

2 x 1000 litre steel fuel tanks.

300 litre steel water tank.

200ah of battery capacity with 12v, 24v and 230v systems aboard.  Installed shore power system.



4 berths in 2 separate cabins.  6’6 headroom in wheelhouse and forward cabin.

Small dinette seating area in the wheelhouse for 2 people.  Steps down going forward into main saloon.

Galley to starboard with heads compartment starboard side aft.

Heads has a manual sea toilet and hand basin with hot and cold pressurised water.

Galley has a 3 burner gas hob with a single stainless sink.  Ample storage below the galley.

Small seating are in the saloon to port.

Forward is a large double berth with a curtain for privacy.

Aft cabin access from a hatch in aft coachroof.  Large double berth laid athwartships, can be converted in 2 settees if required.

Separate heads compartment in aft cabin with a manual sea toilet and hand basin.

Engine room is amidships, accessed from a hatch on deck.



Full specification and details available upon request





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